Picked up a new MBP 13" Retina 4GB model

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  1. AluminumMB macrumors regular

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    The memory is a bit on the low side but I decided to pick it up. Love the new retina its slim and it has the new improved integrated gfx.

    Sold my gaming PC for it. For the 4GB Retina owners, do you find that the memory is too low and how do you manage with it?

    Thanks
     
  2. jharvey71884 macrumors regular

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    Very curious as well. Thinking about purchasing one.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    http://bgr.com/2013/11/18/apple-13-inch-retina-macbook-pro-review-late-2013/

    BGR sure doesn't find 4GB low :)
     
  4. daroga macrumors member

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    If you run Virtual Machines (Windows in Parallels or VMWare, etc.) or do heavy video or photo work, 4 GB might be limiting a bit. But for pure Mac OS stuff, 4 is just fine.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    And if one runs more than one VM at the same time, 8GB will be limiting.

    I normally run 3 VMs at the same time (Windows Server - 6GB assigned and 2 Linux builds, 2GB each) and 16GB of RAM is starting to get a bit limiting (1GB of swap used in half an hour).
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Other then VMs I think 4GB is fine for most people needs and OSX is great at memory management much better then windows imo.
     
  7. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    I created a little questionare to roughly determine the amount of RAM you should purchase. Here is the link, post what you get in the comments and it will help you out to see if 4Gb of RAM is enough for you :)

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1730485
     
  8. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think the flash storage in this new Mac really helps with the speed :apple:
     
  9. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    You are correct, as when RAM gets exhausted (runs out), it writes data to disk (known as Swap, as well as Page Out's). Having PCIe based Flash will help this be less noticeable when compared to a standard SSD or a HDD.
     

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